6-foot-1 / 195 pounds
El Dorado Hills (CA) / Folsom
Following a redshirt season, Carter appeared in eight games and recorded two tackles in those games.
Carter has been listed as the primary backup to All-ACC performer Devon Edwards at the rover position. He was a highly rated and pursued recruit out of California, and has slowly inched up the depth chart, but finds himself under the glass ceiling that is Edwards who is one of the most productive and most durable players on the roster.
Carter is a player who Duke will likely try to get some snaps early in the season in an attempt to build depth behind the first line of safeties - which may be among the best in the country. Carter will likely participate largely on special teams while having a chance to move into a starting slot in another season - perhaps for Jeremy Cash who will graduate and head to the NFL in April.
How he ended up in Durham
Carter committed to San Jose State in late October of 2012, saying he was "stuck" on the Spartans. However, the departure of head coach Mike MacIntyre to Colorado set his commitment in disarray, as Carter opened up his recruitment and began to receive interest from a few new programs, including Duke. He committed shortly before signing day, 2013 after an official visit.
High School Highlights
Two-year letterman at Folsom under coaches Troy Taylor and Kris Richardson ... helped Folsom to a two-year ledger of 25-4 with two state playoff berths including the 2012 Delta River League and Sac-Joaquin Section championships ...as a senior, served as team captain and totaled 91 tackles, two interceptions, 10 pass breakups and two fumble recoveries while catching 40 passes for 662 yards and 12 touchdowns ... established California high school single-game record with 317 receiving yards on 10 receptions (5 TDs covering 20, 37, 60, 66 & 78 yards) against Roseville Woodcreek on August 24, 2012 [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]
FB Forecast: S Phillip Carter
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